• Stay Safe Memorial Day Weekend

    May 21, 2020
    Urgent Care and COVID-19 Testing Available

    Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. While there may not be as many gatherings with family and friends this holiday weekend, many Memorial Day celebrations will continue. Whether you live in an area where stay-at-home orders remain in place or where restrictions are easing, people continue to limit their exposure to the coronavirus.

    Patient First has provided uninterrupted care throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so throughout the Memorial Day weekend and beyond. COVID-19 testing will also be available at designated centers.

    As you head outdoors for some fun, whether it is at the beach or in your backyard, protect your family from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Patient First physicians have these suggestions to save your skin:
    • Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF, even when it’s cloudy. Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outside.
    • Wide-brimmed hats help shade your neck and face but do not offer complete protection. Use sunscreen on these sensitive areas.
    • Wear light-weight sun-protective clothing. Long sleeves and long pants also protect the skin.
    • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays.
    Sun damage accumulates and occurs even when you are not actively trying to soak up a few rays. Whether you are walking the dog or mowing the lawn, sun damage adds up over time. Remember that newborns and children are especially sensitive to the sun’s rays. Protecting their skin is crucial.

    Family cookouts are a Memorial Day tradition. More people will celebrate at home with a backyard cookout during this pandemic. Keep everyone safe when you fire up the grill. Remember these precautions:
    • Keep children and pets away. Establish a 3-foot “Kid Free Zone” around your grill.
    • Use your grill outdoors only. Keep it away from your home, deck furniture and overhanging branches that might catch fire.
    • Remove grease or fat from the grill tray so it does not flame up.
    • Never leave the grill unattended.
    • Grilling and drinking alcohol don’t mix.
    All Patient First Medical Centers are open from 8 am until 10 pm on Memorial Day and every day of the year. COVID-19 testing also continues during the holiday at designated Patient First locations. Updates about testing sites, instructions about how to make an appointment, and other information are available at www.patientfirst.com/covid-19-testing.


    About Patient First
    All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 am to 10 pm every day of the year, including holidays. Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

    Media Contact:
    Brooke Waller
    (571) 340-1594 (Mobile)
    Brooke Waller, Community Relations Manager
    (703) 652-1572